Alan Campbell biography

Alan Campbell

Screenwriter, Film writer

1904 – 1963


Who was Alan Campbell?

Alan K. Campbell was an American writer, actor, and screenwriter. He and his wife, Dorothy Parker, were a popular screenwriting team in Hollywood from 1934 to 1963.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, he was the only child of Harry L. Campbell and Hortense Eichel Campbell. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and moved to New York City in the late 1920s. An occasional contributor of prose to The New Yorker, he also acted on the Broadway stage. He met Parker in 1932 and they married two years later in Raton, New Mexico. Like his wife, he was of half-Scottish and half-Jewish descent.

Campbell, Parker, and their collaborator, Robert Carson, earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 1937 version of A Star Is Born. He and Parker also wrote additional dialogue for The Little Foxes when Lillian Hellman was called away to work on another project.

In 1942 Campbell enlisted in the U.S. Army in Philadelphia. He was later commissioned an officer, and served in Europe in Army Intelligence. He attained the rank of captain. Campbell and Parker were married in 1934, divorced in 1947, remarried in 1950, and remained married until his death.


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Feb 21, 1904
Also known as
  • Alan K. Campbell
  • United States of America
  • Virginia Military Institute
Jun 14, 1963
West Hollywood

on July 23, 2013

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